Feds: FBI probe after 'explosive device' found at Huntington Home Depot
Federal agents are working with Suffolk police investigating an "improvised explosive device" found at the Home Depot store in Huntington Monday afternoon and removed by Suffolk police that night, the FBI said early Wednesday.
The package was discovered in the store, located in a shopping center on New York Avenue, after the management received a bomb threat letter, Suffolk police said.
The note specifically targeted Home Depot, a law enforcement source said.
The suspicious package was "rendered safe" by Suffolk Emergency Services officers, police said.
Store officials had called 911 at 4:11 p.m., police said, and the store, which had about 50 customers and employees at the time, was evacuated.
In a prepared statement early Wednesday, Suffolk police said: "Members of the Suffolk County Police Department's Communications Section, Patrol Division, Special Patrol Bureau and Detective Division are very aware of the incident that occurred at the Home Depot in Huntington. They stand ready to respond to any call of a suspicious package in an expeditious manner."
Suffolk police declined to make any additional comment concerning the substance of the note, or whether there were any other specific bomb threats made.
"I can assure you that public safety is the number one priority of the Suffolk County Police Department," Suffolk Police Deputy Insp. Kevin Fallon said early Wednesday. "We have a very active investigation at this time, and for investigative reasons, we are not going into more detail at this time."
Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes referred questions to police when asked what happened and whether other stores were targeted.
"Federal and state authorities have begun a thorough investigation of the incident, and we're doing everything we can to assist them," Holmes said. "The safety of our customers and associates is certainly of the utmost importance to us, so we always work to make sure we have appropriate security for our stores."